The Eola-Amity Hills AVA is located in the VanDuzer Corridor. This gap in the Coast Range Mountains allows for a wind influence provides a more forward expression of tannin than other areas of the Willamette Valley.
Food Pairing Notes
It’s early in its lifespan but Spirit Hill is beginning to display a combination of attributes we’ve come to know at our two their vineyards in the Dundee and Eola Hills…call it the best of both worlds.
The 2016 growing season began with a warm, dry winter leading to one of our earliest bud breaks on record. Getting off to this kind of pace and continuing with a warm Spring, bloom came early and under a good amount of heat, leading to a shortened window of flowering and also resulting in an uneven but more average sized set, meaning we wouldn't have to crop thin much later in the season. Summer was warm and consistent, leading into another early start to harvest. Harvest was quick and condensed, starting at Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills on August 25th and finishing not even one month later, in the upper elevations of the Eola-Amity Hills at our Spirit Hill Vineyard on September 21st. This was our second growing season ever to be done picking before the month of October.